A company based in New York is getting prepped and ready for what the market says will be the world’s first medical marijuana that achieves a kosher certification.
Vireo Health of New York recently publicized that it received a kosher certificate from the Orthodox Union for its non-smokable medical marijuana products.
One of five medical marijuana providers, Vireo will be the only one to sell certified kosher products. The company plans to join the other four medical marijuana providers by participating in a New York state medical marijuana program. The program is set to go into effect next month.
“Being certified kosher by the OU will not only help us serve the dietary needs of the largest Jewish community in the United States, but also combat unfortunate stigmas associated with medical cannabis,” Vireo CEO Ari Hoffnung said in a statement. “Today’s announcement sends an important message to New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds that using medical cannabis to alleviate pain and suffering does not in any way represent an embrace of ‘pot’ culture.”
The Orthodox Union granted certification after extensively inspecting Vireo’s facilities to establish that the marijuana was grown and processed according to kosher standards, for example, insect-free plants.
Vireo claims the certification will help the company serve patients more efficiently throughout New York’s Jewish population, the nation’s largest. Its program is expected to start next month and will serve patients in New York state with certain qualifying conditions.